bin·na·cle /ˈbɪnəkəl/

–noun Nautical .
a stand or enclosure of wood or nonmagnetic metal for supporting and housing a compass.

Origin:
1615–25; bin + ( bitt ) acle (late ME bitakille ) < Pg bitacola < L habitāculum lodge, equiv. to habitā– ( see inhabit) + –culum -cule

Source: Dictionary.com.

In a panic Cugel retreated behind the binnacle.

Source: Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance.

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